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(Yahoo)   Impressive: South Korean archer breaks a world record in Olympic qualifying event scoring 699 with 72 arrows. Holy crap: He's so near-sighted all he can see is "a blob of yellow" where the target should be   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 37
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2012-07-27 09:53:00 AM
When I was 13, I used to take marksmanship lessons at the local rifle range from a kindly, ancient man who I later learned was a WW I vet and, although they didn't call them that back then, bascially an ex-sniper.

One of the things he convinced me to do was to take off my glasses when shooting (I'm 20/200 near-sighted) which did indeed transform targets into "grey blobs". His philosophy was that I needed to concentrate on my form, and mechanics rather than worrying so much about sighting the target, which, he said, I would simply "know" where it was.

I still have the best target I shot for him: 4 bullets in a hole barely largely than a single shot at 100 yards, fired from a single shot, bolt-action, .22
 
2012-07-27 10:01:06 AM
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2012-07-27 10:17:51 AM
Wow. I'm really nearsighted and I couldn't imagine doing anything with any accuracy without glasses or contacts. People's faces just look like flesh-colored blobs to me after more than a few feet, so forget an archery target.

Not sure what I am on the 20/____ scale, but my contact lens prescription is -6.5 in the right eye and -7.5 in the left.
 
2012-07-27 10:49:07 AM

Magorn: When I was 13, I used to take marksmanship lessons at the local rifle range from a kindly, ancient man who I later learned was a WW I vet and, although they didn't call them that back then, bascially an ex-sniper.

One of the things he convinced me to do was to take off my glasses when shooting (I'm 20/200 near-sighted) which did indeed transform targets into "grey blobs". His philosophy was that I needed to concentrate on my form, and mechanics rather than worrying so much about sighting the target, which, he said, I would simply "know" where it was.

I still have the best target I shot for him: 4 bullets in a hole barely largely than a single shot at 100 yards, fired from a single shot, bolt-action, .22


In theory you could do it blind. I never really look at my targets when I hit them. When I do look, I miss. My eyesight might be perfect, but that's no reason not to feel the target. You have a brain, use it.
 
2012-07-27 11:36:43 AM

FreakinB: Wow. I'm really nearsighted and I couldn't imagine doing anything with any accuracy without glasses or contacts. People's faces just look like flesh-colored blobs to me after more than a few feet, so forget an archery target.

Not sure what I am on the 20/____ scale, but my contact lens prescription is -6.5 in the right eye and -7.5 in the left.


Archery targets would be easier to hit.

It's kinda stupid when you think about target practice being used for military when none of their targets are ever going to stand out like that AND they'll probably have better vision in the field (you don't really want to go firing at actual people without being able to see who's who). I really should've tried taking my glasses off at the rifle range. :/
 
2012-07-27 11:42:52 AM
Some day some innocent yellow blob is going to be sauntering around an archery course and take a shaft to the goohole. This can only end in tears.
 
2012-07-27 11:43:59 AM

IAmRight: FreakinB: Wow. I'm really nearsighted and I couldn't imagine doing anything with any accuracy without glasses or contacts. People's faces just look like flesh-colored blobs to me after more than a few feet, so forget an archery target.

Not sure what I am on the 20/____ scale, but my contact lens prescription is -6.5 in the right eye and -7.5 in the left.

Archery targets would be easier to hit.


I just googled and I think you're right. Didn't realize archery targets were that big. It still would basically be a blob of color though.
 
2012-07-27 11:49:14 AM

FreakinB: It still would basically be a blob of color though.


All you gotta do is try to hit the middle of the blob. It would still be the middle either way.

/I don't see why people really enjoy it though. Yay look a hole in a piece of paper! I could poke a pencil into it, too, and cause more damage!
 
2012-07-27 12:03:53 PM
That's waisist?
 
2012-07-27 12:27:53 PM

IAmRight: /I don't see why people really enjoy it though. Yay look a hole in a piece of paper! I could poke a pencil into it, too, and cause more damage!


This year? Two words: Katniss and Merida.
 
2012-07-27 12:40:07 PM
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R.I.P.
 
2012-07-27 12:51:45 PM
 
2012-07-27 01:02:27 PM

Tax Boy: Gosling: This year? Two words: Katniss and Merida

Inspired by the 'Hunger Games,' Katniss wannabes flood archery camps


Ughhhhhh Hunger Games, the new Twilight. Rip off of prior movie/book that everyone seems to love now. I'll stick with Battle Royale thank you very much.
 
2012-07-27 01:34:04 PM

zippolight2002: Tax Boy: Gosling: This year? Two words: Katniss and Merida

Inspired by the 'Hunger Games,' Katniss wannabes flood archery camps

Ughhhhhh Hunger Games, the new Twilight. Rip off of prior movie/book that everyone seems to love now. I'll stick with Battle Royale thank you very much.


Completely different takes on an old idea. You might as well complain about both You've Got Mail and The Lady Eve both having rival-business-based meet cutes.
 
2012-07-27 01:53:56 PM
I believe the excellent South Korean horror movie of a few years ago (The Host) featured a competitive archer as the female protagonist. I'm just sayin'...
 
2012-07-27 02:05:17 PM

zippolight2002: Rip off of prior movie/book that everyone seems to love now. I'll stick with Battle Royale thank you very much.


I'm just going with independently-concieved coincidence on that one. Collins' agent pretty much told her in no uncertain terms not to look up Battle Royale, for fear she'd get ideas. I mean, mass-battle-to-the-death isn't really THAT tough a concept to come up with, and sooner or later someone's going to want to do it with kids there against their will.
 
2012-07-27 02:13:25 PM

JohnBigBootay: I believe the excellent South Korean horror movie of a few years ago (The Host) featured a competitive archer as the female protagonist. I'm just sayin'...


Another Korean movie worth checking out: 'War of the Arrows'. I think it's available via streaming on Netflix.
 
2012-07-27 02:15:25 PM

brap: Some day some innocent yellow blob is going to be sauntering around an archery course and take a shaft to the goohole. This can only end in tears.


Look out, Kim Jong Un!
 
2012-07-27 02:19:20 PM
Seeing all that high-tech stuff just seems to take the fun out of watching archery. Let them use wood and string only and that will peak my interest. And, while we're at it, let's bring back wood and cat gut to tennis. First, it will bring back skill to the sport instead of power players. And, second, I hate cats

/waiting for debbie downer to tell me they never really used cat guts
 
2012-07-27 02:30:32 PM

doglover: Magorn: When I was 13, I used to take marksmanship lessons at the local rifle range from a kindly, ancient man who I later learned was a WW I vet and, although they didn't call them that back then, bascially an ex-sniper.

One of the things he convinced me to do was to take off my glasses when shooting (I'm 20/200 near-sighted) which did indeed transform targets into "grey blobs". His philosophy was that I needed to concentrate on my form, and mechanics rather than worrying so much about sighting the target, which, he said, I would simply "know" where it was.

I still have the best target I shot for him: 4 bullets in a hole barely largely than a single shot at 100 yards, fired from a single shot, bolt-action, .22

In theory you could do it blind. I never really look at my targets when I hit them. When I do look, I miss. My eyesight might be perfect, but that's no reason not to feel the target. You have a brain, use it.


"good against a target is one thing kid, good against the living..."

/quote, not advice
 
2012-07-27 02:32:30 PM
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The Master of Sinanju not surprised.
 
2012-07-27 02:45:12 PM

somms: Another Korean movie worth checking out: 'War of the Arrows'. I think it's available via streaming on Netflix.


That looks good.
 
2012-07-27 03:29:45 PM
Mr Magoo with a bow...... wow!

It is shocking he hits the target at all.
 
2012-07-27 03:58:07 PM
He might be able to see the target if he would only stop squinting.
 
2012-07-27 04:41:27 PM

Snargi: [www.webdemons.com image 416x312]
The Master of Sinanju not surprised.


Come in for that.... leaving satisfied!
 
2012-07-27 04:55:39 PM

Gosling: zippolight2002: Rip off of prior movie/book that everyone seems to love now. I'll stick with Battle Royale thank you very much.

I'm just going with independently-concieved coincidence on that one. Collins' agent pretty much told her in no uncertain terms not to look up Battle Royale, for fear she'd get ideas. I mean, mass-battle-to-the-death isn't really THAT tough a concept to come up with, and sooner or later someone's going to want to do it with kids there against their will.


Can we have one thread in the Sports tab not be a Penn State thread please?
 
2012-07-27 05:01:26 PM
performance enhancing. make him put his glasses on
 
2012-07-27 05:28:05 PM
Was he squinting? I mean, on purpose. Because... you know...aw, crap.
 
2012-07-27 05:36:20 PM

shifter_: Mr Magoo with a bow...... wow!


Wow, Yippee yo yippee ay.

/misread your comment at first
 
2012-07-27 06:25:41 PM

somms: JohnBigBootay: I believe the excellent South Korean horror movie of a few years ago (The Host) featured a competitive archer as the female protagonist. I'm just sayin'...

Another Korean movie worth checking out: 'War of the Arrows'. I think it's available via streaming on Netflix.


Yes it is.

Damn good movie.

Obviously wasnt made by hollywood.
 
2012-07-27 06:37:47 PM
fta "It's just the first round so I won't get too excited about it," he said.


Whatever. Im following you.
 
2012-07-27 07:19:43 PM
He's shooting a recurve bow at a target 76 yards away, that's pretty impressive. I've been shooting compound bows for 30 years with a mechanical release and never got really accurate out to fifty yards. I'm impressed nevermind he's legally blind.
 
2012-07-27 09:03:33 PM
Use the Force, Luke Im Dong-hyun!
 
2012-07-27 09:28:30 PM
Man, Green Arrow's got nothing on this guy.

/what is with Koreans and archery?
 
2012-07-28 12:25:40 AM
I have no basis for archery, what is a perfect score? 720 with 10 points possible for each shot?
 
2012-07-28 05:36:30 AM
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RIP Gloop and Gleep
 
2012-07-28 09:16:45 AM
Does this mean we can scrap the paralympics?
 
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